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A young patient receives care from a dental intern.

United We Smile providing 'life-changing,' trauma-informed dental care to kids, veterans

United We Smile (UWS) feels more like an aquarium than a dental clinic. The walls are papered with colorful underwater scenes, stuffed fish dangle from the ceiling in the waiting area, and natural light streams through the windows. There are even quiet rooms—operatories that can be darkened to provide a more sensory-friendly experience. Patients can choose to wear headphones or listen to soothing music, and there are always fidget toys to keep anxious hands busy.

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